Saints Football "Captures the Cannon" in Final Game of Season
The Saints traveled to Tatnall on Saturday for the annunal Cannon game, one of the oldest known rivalries in the state. It was the last chance for the group of seniors to capture the Cannon during their time at St. Andrew's.
The first quarter saw both teams being able to move the football but not being able to finish of their drives with points. Each team was able to put drives together when they had possession of the ball, but both defense proved to be tough once the opposing offenses got near the endzone.
It wasn't until a few minutes into the second quarter until either team was able to break the ice. On a third down play from the Tatnall 47 yard-line, quarterback Arthur Potter hit Adrian Watts in stride in the flat where he shook one tackle, turned up the sideline and outraced another defender to the endzone to put the Saints up 6-0. The rest of the half saw more of defenses bending but not breaking, with the Saints holding onto that 6-0 lead at the half.
To open up the second half, the Saints got a much-needed jolt on the opening kickoff. Micah Turpin caught the kickoff at the 20 yard-line, made his way up the field and maneuvered his was through the Tatnall coverage team, breaking tackle after tackle, until he broke into the clear and found the endzone to extend the Saints lead to 12-0.
The rest of the third quarter followed much of the same pattern as the whole first half, with no teams being able to put the ball in the endzone, and the Saints took a 12-0 lead into the final quarter.
Tatnall was finally able to find some success on offense and put together a drive to cut into the Saints lead, after their quarterback found his receiver for a 27 yard touchdown, making the score 12-7. With less than five minutes left in the game, the Saints found themselves in a critical situation with a chance to ice the game. They had a 4th-and-6 on the Tatnall 27 yard-line. On the ensuing play Potter dropped back and lofted a pass to Watts streaking down the sideline. Watts laid out full extension and reeled in an unbelievable catch at the two yard-line to set up the Saints with a 1st-and-goal opportunity. Watts took the direct snap on the very next play and plowed ahead to give the Saints another two possession lead at 19-7.
The Saints defense rose to the occasion and help Tatnall of four straight plays to get the ball back with just a couple minutes remaining in the game. Micah Turpin officially iced the game by taking a handoff around the right side out and out sprinting the Tatnall defense 36 yards to make the score 25-7.
Watts and Turpin capped off the season with more strong performances from each of them. Watts caught 4 passes for 99 yards and 1 touchdown, and also ran in a touchdown to bring his touchdown total to 12 (4 receiving, 4 rushing, 3 passing, 1 kickoff return) on the year; he finished the season with a team leading 33 catches, 495 yards receiving, while completing 13-24 passes for 335 yards, and also rushing for an additional 167 yards. Turpin's 2 touchdowns brought his touchdown count to 13 (10 rushing, 2 kickoff returns, 1 receiving) on the season. He finished up the season with 666 yards rushing on 123 carries, and caught an additional 11 passes for 170 yards, and averaged 32.3 yards per return on his 10 kickoff returns this year. Potter closed out his career with a solid performance throwing for 112 yards and one touchdown. He closes out his career with what is believed to be a school record 2,091 career passing yards on 203 career completions. Ryan Godfrey had a monster last performance in a Saints uniform leading the defense with 8 tackles (5 TFLs), 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception. Theo Jaffe also got in on the sack party by recording two of his own, and Phineas Hunt, Tre Thomas and Dante Soriano all notched a sack as well.